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ACT sustainable houses open days 9-10 September

By Kerces 6 September 2006 6

Nine sustainable houses in the ACT and region are on display this weekend (9 and 10 September 2006).

Sustainable housing is designed to have a low impact on the environment. The term often describes solar passive houses, which are designed to take advantage of the sun’s heating and the wind’s cooling powers, but can also be houses which use technologies such as water recycling. The Sustainable House Day is organised by the Australia New Zealand Solar Energy Society, a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the environmentally sustainable use of energy.

One of the houses open is the Roogulli house at Bywong. This house is still under construction and has been designed to need no supplementary heating or cooling. Its desgin was inspired by rural farm sheds and the structure uses unconventional materials and, although not yet complete, is already demonstrating superior thermal performance.

For information about the other houses and time when they are open, visit the Sustainable House Day website.

To visit these houses you need a Sustainable House Day tickets, which are available in all the open houses. Your ticket gives entrance to all the houses during the all week end – no need to book in advance.

Ticket prices:
Family $30
Single $20
Concession family $15
Concession single $10
ANZSES members free – join on the day!
(the concession rate of family $15 and single $10 applies for students, concession card holders and for general entry to selected remote houses)

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snahon 3:49 pm 06 Sep 06

and thats why I live just outside of suburbia 🙂

bonfire 3:16 pm 06 Sep 06

only gaggin…

one thing about local planning laws is that there a re no solar rights.

if you go to the expense and trouble of designing a house to take advantage of the sun and nature, i can plonk a three storey neo-georgian with dirty great aircon units right in front of you and leave your house in a shadow all day long.

yet another thing i’ll change upon becoming chief minister.

of course if your home is a plug ugly ordinary house with no solar benefits added to it dont try it on in actpla or i’ll have you in stocks.

bonfire 3:14 pm 06 Sep 06

needs more concrete beams.

Kerces 2:38 pm 06 Sep 06

If you look at the website Manana, you’ll see there are also houses in Pearce, Fadden and Ngunnawal.

Manana 2:32 pm 06 Sep 06

just a shame that you have to drive 40 minutes in your urban assault vehicle to and from work to live in a sustainable manner

snahon 2:17 pm 06 Sep 06

If the govt was serious about sustainability, then here is an example of how they could give some form of concession to builders who built houses that had these elements in it. I would imagine the uptake would be pretty good – since when it comes to money many builders will are as tight as a fishes …

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